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Old 10-31-2015, 02:59 PM   #101
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Also, can you guys say that if the TV is not running, there is no draw to the trailer, or are you drawing and can ruin your TV battery, as I had seen?/QUOTE]

To clarify; all vehicles that came with a tow package do not have an automatic disconnect for the trailer power.

My late model Ranger came with a tow package but that didn't include an automatic disconnect for the trailer power. I have a manual switch.

So, unless you've information specific to your vehicle that the trailer power is off unless the vehicle ignition is on don't presume it is.

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Thanks, Ron! So different vehicle to vehicle. So no telling if someone is charging the trailer if the vehicle is not running. Or discharging the TV battery.

So we would suppose that Ellen's car was not charging the battery all night or the car battery would be dead? I had the same thought as Karen, namely, you only charge the trailer with the car running.
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Old 10-31-2015, 03:07 PM   #102
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And Karen H -- no words -- where IS that darn heart sign?
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Old 10-31-2015, 05:31 PM   #103
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Also, can you guys say that if the TV is not running, there is no draw to the trailer, or are you drawing and can ruin your TV battery, as I had seen?/QUOTE]

To clarify; all vehicles that came with a tow package do not have an automatic disconnect for the trailer power.

So, unless you've information specific to your vehicle that the trailer power is off unless the vehicle ignition is on don't presume it is.

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Just to add another data point to Ron's assertion that all tow vehicles aren't the same.

I checked and my 2014 Toyota only supplies power to the trailer when the ignition switch is in the on position (the position necessary to run the engine, as opposed to the "aux" position for the radio.)

Its an easy test on my '21. Plug the trailer into the tow vehicle with the ignition switch in the off position, turn on an overhead light or two in the trailer, turn off the master switch in the trailer. Either the light in the trailer goes out or it stays on. If it does go out then return to the tow and turn the ignition switch one position. Repeat until the trailer light gets electricity. It will take less time to do this test than to read it!

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Old 10-31-2015, 05:47 PM   #104
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When I added the 12v power wire from my tow vehicle battery to the 7 pin connector, I added to a circuit breaker on the FJ that has power only when the ignition is on.
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Just to add another data point to Ron's assertion that all tow vehicles aren't the same.

I checked and my 2014 Toyota only supplies power to the trailer when the ignition switch is in the on position (the position necessary to run the engine, as opposed to the "aux" position for the radio.)

Its an easy test on my '21. Plug the trailer into the tow vehicle with the ignition switch in the off position, turn on an overhead light or two in the trailer, turn off the master switch in the trailer. Either the light in the trailer goes out or it stays on. If it does go out then return to the tow and turn the ignition switch one position. Repeat until the trailer light gets electricity. It will take less time to do this test than to read it!

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Hi, Alan,
If we turn off our master switch, we thought no power can go to lights or anything. How is power getting to the lights? We are charging the batteries on ours while we tow which I assume is the same for yours. At least, that is what I think is the case.
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Old 10-31-2015, 06:10 PM   #106
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The solar. First of all, after reading all the great reports of the system, was naive in believing it could handle the Pacific NW at this time of year. My first mistake was leaping without looking and grabbing the site with the awesome view without realizing how heavy the tree cover was. (Sure was an awesome view though! ) But as mentioned, hard to recover from a drain like that.

Yes, did move to a more open site the next day (after five days at the sun-less site). Swept off the pine needles. Batteries started to charge -- sweet. Only to realize that was because I was still connected to the Tahoe. Ohhhh, the learning curve of the newbie! Unplugged Tahoe and charge slowly started to decrease. The sun came out for about a half hour and there was some charge but then the clouds came again and the party was over.
As Ellen found out - while riding the cusp of the learning curve - Solar can be a fickle solution. Her "worst case" scenario evolved from a combination of low winter sun angle, clouds, shade trees and leaves on the roof panel.

Here is my approach to generating more power - a hefty portable panel. ( A somewhat bulky 30 pounds and roughly the same wattage as the ETI panel.)
I can move it out from under local trees, keep it clean, and most importantly, point it directly at the sun. In my first test, taken last week on the upper Colorado River, I produced 2.3 amps from the ETI panel alone, but 7.5 amps when combined. This was at 9:30 am with a thin overcast. I'm very pleased with almost triple the power.

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Hi, Alan,
If we turn off our master switch, we thought no power can go to lights or anything. How is power getting to the lights? We are charging the batteries on ours while we tow which I assume is the same for yours. At least, that is what I think is the case.
All correct. The master switch "off" removes the batteries from the rest of the trailer circuits, (except for the propane detector in my '21). No lights, fans, pump, fridge, or battery changing, etc. But when the trailer is plugged into the tow vehicle, and depending on how the tow is wired, at some point there will be power to lights and everything else, and trailer batteries will take a charge when the master switch is back to "on". All we are trying to discover is when power is going the plug: Ignition switch off, ignition at "aux" or ignition at "engine run" position. Don't overthink this - the only goal is learn when your tow vehicle is providing power to the trailer.

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Old 10-31-2015, 06:39 PM   #108
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All correct. The master switch "off" removes the batteries from the rest of the trailer circuits, (except for the propane detector in my '21). No lights, fans, pump, fridge, or battery changing, etc. But when the trailer is plugged into the tow vehicle, and depending on how the tow is wired, at some point there will be power to lights and everything else, and trailer batteries will take a charge when the master switch is back to "on". All we are trying to discover is when power is going the plug: Ignition switch off, ignition at "aux" or ignition at "engine run" position. Don't overthink this - the only goal is learn when your tow vehicle is providing power to the trailer.

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Alan, I am sure our propane detector is off when the master is off. I don't know why yours would be on since that is a newer unit. Even on our 2011, I am pretty sure that our detector was off if the switch was. Maybe someone will correct me. The switch is partly to make sure that there is no parasitic drain. Maybe you changed yours.

We will have to try getting the lights on with the master switch off! Thank you.
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Alan, I am sure our propane detector is off when the master is off. I don't know why yours would be on since that is a newer unit. Even on our 2011, I am pretty sure that our detector was off if the switch was. Maybe someone will correct me. The switch is partly to make sure that there is no parasitic drain. Maybe you changed yours.

We will have to try getting the lights on with the master switch off! Thank you.
Found if in storage and didn't switch battery power off propane detector would drain batteries . Pat
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Old 10-31-2015, 06:52 PM   #110
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Yes, very important to test the 7 pin connector charge line with a multimeter to confirm whether your charge line is hot all the time or shuts off with the ignition off. I test it with a new tow vehicle even if it says it has the ignition shutoff to make sure. My Nissan Frontier, the charge line is dead when the ignition is off so I can leave the trailer plug in when stopping on the hitch.
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